An award-winning gospel choir which has backed opera legend Sir Willard White is set to perform at a major North Wales music festival this summer.
Birmingham’s acclaimed Town Hall Gospel Choir, who last year lifted the BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year trophy, will be among the stars of this summer’s Ruthin Festival.
The Vale of Clwyd town comes alive with a week of music, reaching a climax on Saturday, July 5, with the traditional Top of Town all-day, open air, two-stage event but organisers are promising an impressive line-up of concerts during the days leading up to that date.
Among them is the appearance of the Town Hall Gospel Choir at Theatr John Ambrose at Ysgol Brynhyfryd on Friday, July 4, when they will be backed by the school’s junior choir and the youth jazz orchestra of Denbighshire – now known as the Denbigh Fusion Band.
The Birmingham-based choir last year battled it out in the televised finals of the BBC competition against five other talented gospel choirs from across the UK to emerge as the first winners of the inaugural competition.
Colin Anderson, the choir’s director is proud of the choir’s achievements, and he said: “We have had the opportunity to perform at some of the country’s largest and most prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the Birmingham Symphony Hall and alongside some absolutely inspiring artists such as Sir Willard White and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
“We are a closely knit group of around 40 people who simply enjoy and have a real passion for singing.
“We have been together now since 2007 and are always ready to perform at any kind of event.
“We are delighted to come to the beautiful town of Ruthin for this year’s festival and will hopefully have a fantastic concert in the company of musical talents from the local area.”
The Ruthin Festival this year runs from Saturday, June 28, until Saturday, July 5, at venues across the town.
The festival is now in its 19th year and is one of the most popular events in the area with thousands of people from all ages from the Ruthin area and beyond taking part or attending events during the week.
The chair of the festival committee, Ruthin Mayor Rosie Hughes Moseley, said: “We have an excellent programme this year for the entire week, starting with a concert with Mynediad am Ddim on July 28 along with activities at the craft centre.
“Later in the week there will be a whole range of different musical events ranging from classical music to reggae and from popular music to folk music.
“We are really looking forward to the Town Hall Gospel Choir coming to Ruthin for the festival as they will bring something quite different to the programme.
“We have this year expanded the programme and co-operated with new partners for the festival on events during the week, including Ruthin Craft Centre and the musicians from Ruthin Plug in and Play.”
The evrnt, which is backed by Swayne Johnson Solicitors and builders Taylor Wimpey this year, opens with a concert by well-known Welsh folk group Mynediad am Ddim , who are celebrating 40 years since their formation, at Theatr John Ambrose.
Tickets for the concerts, including the appearance of the Town Hall Gospel Choir, are available by phoning Siop Elfair in Ruthin on 01824 702575, or on the door, subject to availability.
More details on the concert and all the events during the week are available on the Ruthin Festival website at www.ruthinfestival.co.uk